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DOLE-TUPAD eases Covid 19 impact among LSIs, Sacadas

 

The locally stranded individuals (LSIs) arriving in the province of Antique due to loss of work and the sugar migratory workers (sacadas) caught in the middle of travel restrictions and health protocols share the chilling effects of the Covid 19 pandemic.

It is during this time that DOLE creates jobs for the displaced workers.

The one thousand seventy-five (1,075) LSIs and sacadas were assisted by DOLE through the Tulong Panghanapbuhay Para sa Disadvantaged/ Displaced Workers Program (TUPAD) in the Province of Antique.

For Jo Ann Sebastian, the DOLE-TUPAD is very timely.  Gapasalamat gid ako sa DOLE kay naka-obra ako dya.” (I am very grateful to DOLE for the job.)

 A kasambahay in Navotas, Manila, Sebastian was sent home by her employer who lost his job and cannot pay her salary anymore. She arrived in Brgy. Padang, Patnongon on July 22, 2020 and did laundry work for her neighbours.   Now, her wages from the TUPAD program augments the income of her husband who is a fisherman and helps feed their six (6) year old son.

“We understand the urgency of the situation,” said DOLE-RO No. 6 Regional Director Cyril L. Ticao. “We implemented the program to create opportunities and to help develop resiliency among the displaced workers amidst this pandemic.”

Joan Cabayao, an LSI, described how DOLE helped her. “Bahol gid ang nabulig ka DOLE-TUPAD kay bisan paano may obra ako pag- abot ko. Nakabulig gid ang sweldo nga nabaton ko halin sa DOLE. ” (DOLE-TUPAD has provided great help by providing a job when I came home. The wages I received from DOLE helped a lot.)  

Cabayao and her family arrived in her hometown in Patnongon on June 24 this year. Her husband who is a company driver for eight years lost his job at the peak of the pandemic.  She expressed hope that the DOLE could help sustain their livelihood until the crisis is over.

“Along with the LSIs, the sacadas were also provided with jobs while waiting for their deployment to Negros Occidental,” said DOLE-RO No. 6 Antique Field Office (AnFO) Head Melisa S Navarra. “The beneficiaries were the 5th batch assisted by DOLE-TUPAD in the Province of Antique.”

The continuous implementation of the program is in partnership with the Office of the Deputy Speaker for Visayas and the Representative of the Lone District of Antique.

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2020-11-06
Dir. Cyril L. Ticao
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